How to Take Care of Your Antique Porcelain Collection
When you have to take care of porcelain figurines, you need make sure you take into consideration their fragility. Remember, Meissen figurines are delicate and great attention has gone into the details of these figurines, and that is what makes them special as well as valuable.
When you keep your porcelain collection in a closed cabinet, you minimize chances of damage, and you also reduce the chances of your precious collection getting exposed to dust. Nonetheless, Meissen figurines can still collect dust and that is why you should make an attempt to clean them regularly. Here are some tips to help you clean your Meissen collection without damaging them:
Removing Dust from the Figurines
When you want to dust your figurines, do not stand and hold them in your hand to dust. Instead, take each figurine, sit on a table and then clean it. This way, you reduce the likelihood of the figurine slipping and dropping from your hand.
Take a soft-bristled artist’s brush and gently remove the dust from every visible surface of the figurine. You can also use a hair dryer to blow off the dust. Remember not to use hot air as it could damage the dye or other elements of the figurine.
Thorough Cleansing for Your Porcelain
Sometimes, just dusting will not be sufficient to clean the porcelain. You will have to adopt a more thorough method of cleaning. Here, be extremely careful, as the porcelain figurines are delicate. Place the figurine on a soft towel so that if it falls, it will have a soft landing!
Fill a bowl with warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Dip a lint-free cloth into the water and use it to gently clean the porcelain figure. Keep wiping until it is dirt-free. Do not scrub or use anything abrasive as it will damage the figurine.
Make sure you don’t get any water into the hole at the base as you will be unable to take out the water completely, and this will result in mold formation. Instead, after washing let the figurines air dry and then use a soft, lint-free cloth to buff the figurines until they shine.
Things to Note
- Do not use towels to wipe the Meissen porcelain figurine as the fabric can snag some part, causing it to break
- Wipe the figurines thoroughly with the damp cloth to get rid of the residual soap. If you don’t do this, the soap residue will act as a magnet to attract dirt.
- Rather than taking your Meissen to the sink, bring the water to the figurines. While these figurines are durable, but a knock against the tap could damage them irreversibly.
- When drying the Meissen, keep the figurines away from sunlight, as it can adversely affect the natural dye.
- Always open the doors of the cabinets regularly so that the retained heat can escape. Heat can wreak havoc with your collectibles.
By using the methods highlighted here, you will be able to clean your porcelain collectibles regularly and ensure they last a lifetime and transform into family heirlooms.